June 3rd, 2010
02:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Arizona governor, Obama meet on immigration


The president and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, met Thursday at the White House. (Photo Credit: Pete Souza/Official White House Photo)

Washington (CNN) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer emerged from a meeting Thursday with President Barack Obama and said the two had "agreed to work together in order to find some solution" to the immigration issue.

Brewer, who signed the state's immigration law that Obama has called misguided, described the tone of the talks as "very cordial" but said disagreements remained. "We know we're not going to agree on some issues until other issues are worked out," she told reporters.

Brewer said Obama agreed to send staffers to Arizona "in a couple of weeks" to discuss using federal resources to tighten the border, including the allocation of 1,200 National Guard troops and $500 million.

"He assured us that the majority of those resources would be coming to Arizona," Brewer said.

She added, "I am encouraged there is going to be much better dialogue between the federal government and the state of Arizona. I hope that that's not wishful thinking; I hope that that's positive thinking."

The meeting came after the governor said this week she is not worried about a potential legal challenge from the Obama administration over the law.

"We'll meet you in court," Brewer told CNN's "John King, USA." "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."

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Updated: 3:20 p.m.

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Filed under: Arizona • Immigration • Jan Brewer • President Obama
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. grrace

    You guys know that the people who wrote Jan Brewers Immigration Law are "ethnic separatists" and have ties to "neo-nazi's" right? You know that right? Then...why would you support that?

    June 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. David Reston, VA

    Maybe Obama will learn about leadership from this meeting but I'm doubtful.

    June 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  3. NORA

    Brewer and all people she represent are RACIST who are using the immigration problems to create division in "OUR AMERICA".

    June 3, 2010 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  4. Remember the Alamo

    GI JOE and OBAMA SUPPORTERS – Are you really that stupid. Blaming Bush for starting two wars. Have you forgotten 911 already. First place OBAMA has a lot of gall just to show his Erkel ugly face in AZ to face the only Courageous Gov. of these border states. At least she is doing something to keep the illegals out. He should be doing the same. BUT OH HADES NO. HE HAS GOT TO HAVE THEM TO VOTE FOR HIM TO BE RE-ELECTED. IT WILL NOT FLY THIS NEXT TIME DEAR IDIOT. For one thing the true Americans of this country will not allow you to grant free amnesty to gangsters that have entered this country illegally. WAKE UP AMERICA IT IS TIME TO TAKE BACK OUR COUNTRY FROM THESE HEATHERNS. NOVEMBER VOTE THE INCUMBENTS OUT ESPECIALLY THE DEMOCRATS.

    June 3, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Donnatella

    I guess all the rabid teabaggers are mad, this meeting did not turn into some kind of ignorant shouting match. I happen to agree with the Arizona law, something needs to be done about illegals.

    June 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. Hendrik

    I live in Arizona and Gov. Brewer is one of the biggest racists to come along. Please give us back Napolitano who kept some sanity in this state.

    Gov. Brewer should not for one minute think she has the upper hand. She is the typical twit who thinks highly of herself because she met with President Obama. She is little fish; the shark will eat her soon.

    June 3, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. JP

    Obama could learn a lot from President Calderon, he knows how to secure his southern borders against illegals and how to handle them if they come in. He doesn't give the illegals free medical treatment and free educations for their children etc etc. He does what any rational leader would do he sends them back. Obama just wants another 11 million votes in 2012 after that most illegals will join the 47% of working Americans who pay no federal income tax and/or receive refundable tax credits. Hay Obama how will it cost us taxpayers to give the 11 illegals your new health insurance.

    June 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. JiminNM

    Arizona and many other states need to leave the Union. Then, a lot of patriotic Americans will move to those states and help defend their borders.

    June 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Obama: [insert intelligent fact-based statement here]

    Brewer: [head nodding, pretending to be interested and waiting for Obama to say something that can be taken out of context to criticize him]

    Obama: [statistics statistics, here's what I'm doing and why, evidence, facts, expert opinions, law law, Constitution]

    Brewer: [steeples hands in a bid to look interested, smart enough to follow along and passingly concerned about what the facts and evidence show instead of what ideological talking points might come in handy later]

    Obama: [cordial goodbye and positive statement to the press]

    Brewer: [runs off to RNC and GOPer Governor's Gang to formulate misrepresentations about the meeting and find aforementioned quotes to remove from context, all the while planning to accuse Obama of being the partisan]

    June 3, 2010 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
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